This Malaysian retiree's carpentry skill turns discarded wood into works of art

Matthews is passionate about DIY projects because it enables her to tap into her creativity. And it keeps the sexagenarian active. Photos: The Star/Faihan Ghani

It’s hard to miss the beautifully constructed birdhouse made from wood scrap at the entrance of retiree Valerene Matthews’ garden. In fact, it’s often a conversation piece.

And as one steps onto her porch, you will be mesmerised further by an array of carpentry work like wooden slabs turned into stands and floating shelves made from reclaimed wood.

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